Diarrhea-Causing Bacteria Contaminated 90% of Swiss Chickens
December 8, 2008
Source of Article: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601100&sid=aPUIOgrBkYgY&refer=germany
By Naomi Kresge
Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Ninety percent of Swiss chickens were infected with bacteria that cause food poisoning last summer, the Federal Veterinary Office said.
Veterinary authorities were surprised at the extent of contamination in the first time the campylobacter bacterium has been monitored during the summer, spokesman Marcel Falk said today. Contamination levels were more than double the 40 to 45 percent observed in spring, dropping to 70 percent in September.
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Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung yesterday reported the unpublished test results, part of a European Union monitoring program. Federal and local authorities meet on Dec. 18 to discuss ways to slow the bacteria’s spread.
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